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Egyptian temples were filled with graphic art. Medieval navigation maps were full of symbols and imagery. Graphic design is not a new concept. The term itself may have been first coined in 1922, but graphic design has existed since the earliest cave art. The Middle Ages and the Renaissance saw the heavy use of heraldry--the armour, family, class, rank and pedigree. Cattle branding was used to show ownership and quality.

I cringed at first. I thought it was a gimmicky website that would replace elegant design work with awful DIY wallpaper and slowly wrest demand away from quality graphic designers. I wasn't keen. So I ignored it. To be honest, it didn't really grab my attention until veterans like Joan Stewart and Guy Kawasaki start promoting it. When those two get onto something, I listen. I tried it out. I liked it.

As you probably know, Coca-Cola has a product named Zero that's heavily promoted around the world. 'Getting to Zero' is the strategy made by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The vision is: Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths. In my mind, Coca-Cola scored...